Simply Good Summer Tomato Salsa

Simply Good Summer Tomato Salsa

I will never forget visiting my best friend from high school at college in New Hampshire, and how happy she was with the precious jars of salsa I’d brought from California.

That was a loooong time ago, when salsa wasn’t so ubiquitous. But just because you can get it everywhere these days doesn’t mean you ought to. It’s absolutely worth making your own, especially when tomatoes are at their peak.

This recipe is especially simple—just tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and salt. You can jazz it up with red onions, jalapeno, peaches, mango, whatever. But you don’t need to. Sometimes simple is sublime.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups

  • 1 1/4 pounds tomatoes (a mixture of colors is pretty), diced (you should have about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (see note)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or more to taste
  • Salt to taste

In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice. Add salt and more lime juice to taste.

NOTE How big should you chop it? See this blog post.